The deadline to purchase your hunting and fishing licenses, for Colorado, is approaching. Be sure to read up on the rules and expirations of your licenses. See below.
2015-16 LICENSES, PERMITS AND REGISTRATIONS NOW ON SALE
DENVER Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations are on sale now for the 2015-16 season at license agents, CPW offices and online.
The big game application deadline is 11:59 p.m., April 7, 2015.
Anglers are reminded that they must purchase a 2015 fishing license in order to fish on or after April 1. A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youth 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license; however, if they plan to fish with a second line, they must buy a second-rod stamp for $5. Resident senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost just $1. A resident combination fishing-small game license is available for $41. A resident small-game license costs $21, but only $1.75 for those under 18. Anglers should pick up a 2015 fishing brochure to check regulations and to see what’s new. You must know the regulations for the waters you are fishing. Brochures are available at license agents or any Parks and Wildlife office, and online.
License buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must buy a $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected from stamp purchases is used to preserve and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state.
Mountain lion hunters also now have an extra month–through April–for hunting, but they must buy a new license for the season starting April 1. That license will be valid for all mountain lion seasons through March 31, 2016.
Off highway vehicle and boat registration
The annual registration fee is $25.25. Registrations are valid from April 1 through March 31 each year. This is a flat administrative transaction fee it cannot be prorated for a partial year’s registration, and will not be subject to refund if the vehicle is sold or stolen.
Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Colorado on any public waters must be registered with CPW. Fill out this Boat Registration form and return it to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife-Registration Unit, 13787 S Highway 85, Littleton, CO 80125 or stop in at any CPW location. CPW conducts mandatory boat inspections and decontaminations at 27 state parks and 58 other locations around the state. Information about the state’s extensive boat inspection program can be found online.
Now is also a good time to buy a Colorado State Parks pass. A pass, good for entry at 42 state parks, costs $70 and is good for a year from the date of purchase. Buy one at a Parks and Wildlife office or online.
Turkey season starts April 13. A resident license is $21 and just $11 for anyone under 18. Over the counter licenses go on sale March 11.
CPW is purely an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales and state parks fees to support our operations including 42 state parks covering more than 220,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW contributed more than six billion in total economic effect last year throughout Colorado.
Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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